Wednesday, July 14, 2010

What's New in Blu? (Week of July 13)

“Alpha Dog” (R)
Starring Ben Foster, Shawn Hatosy, Emile Hirsch, Sharon Stone, Justin Timberlake, Anton Yelchin and Bruce Willis
Directed by Nick Cassavetes

Taking on a docu-drama filmmaking approach with “Alpha Dog,” a cautionary tale about young criminals getting in over their heads, director Cassavetes (who also wrote the screenplay) certainly veers far from the romantic territory staked out in his 2004 directorial effort “The Notebook.” The subject matter, based on actual events, is tough to watch at times, and certainly not uplifting. The story is well served by some solid turns by Stone and Willis as self-absorbed parents of questionable abilities. But it’s the younger cast that generally takes center stage, with Hirsch playing Jesse Truelove (Jesse James Hollywood in real life), the ringleader of a small drug ring. When the gang (which also features Timberlake in an effective supporting role) decides to kidnap a teenager to force payment from a customer of a $1,200 debt, things begin spiralling out of control.
Grade: B

Other releases:
“The Bounty Hunter” (PG-13)
Starring Gerard Butler, Jennifer Aniston, Jason Sudeikis, Christine Baranski
Directed by Andy Tennant

“Chloe” (R)
Starring Amanda Seyfried, Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson, Max Theriot, Nina Dobrev
Directed by Atom Egoyan

“Greenberg” (R)
Starring Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, Rhys Ifans, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mark Duplass
Directed by Noah Baumbach

“In Bruges” (R)
Starring Colin Farrell, Brendan Gleeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ciaran Hinds
Directed by Martin McDonough

“Insomnia” (R)
Starring Al Pacino, Robin Williams, Hilary Swank, Maura Tierney, Martin Donovan, Nicky Katt
Directed by Christopher Nolan

“Our Family Wedding” (PG-13)
Starring Forest Whitaker, America Ferrera, Carlos Mencia, Lance Gross, Regina King, Taye Diggs, Fred Armisen
Directed by Rick Famuyiwa

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